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About Lidia's Pittsburgh
Lidia’s Pittsburgh opened in March of 2001, only two years after Lidia Bastianich and her son Joseph Bastianich opened the popular Lidia’s Kansas City, their first venture outside of Manhattan.
Lidia’s Pittsburgh menu concept is a combination of the New York restaurants, Felidia and Becco.
Lidia's is located downtown in the strip district near the Heinz History Center, Benedum Center, Heinz Hall, Byham Theater, PNC Park, and PPG Paints Arena so it's the perfect place to enjoy a great meal before your event.
The menu features a daily pasta tasting, with homemade pastas that incorporate the season's freshest ingredients in addition to hearty Italian favorites such as the osso bucco, a braised heritage pork shank with barley risotto, the scallopine of chicken breast with roasted lemon, capers, and olives, and grilled salmon filet with seasonal contorni.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:30pm-6:30pm
$30 and under
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We offer on valet and public parking. Street parking is also available near the restaurant.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for our annual Winter Game Dinner on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30pm. We will be offering a delectable 4 course dinner designed by Lidia paired with some amazing wines for $85/person. To see the full menu being offered please go to www.lidias-pittsburgh.com. Space is limited for the event so please either call 412-552-0150 to make you reservation or mark that you would like to attend the Game Dinner in the special requests section when making it through OpenTable.
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The seasonal private dining menus capture the warmth of Lidia’s cuisine, evoking an authentic Italian meal in a lovely environment. Italian favorites are highlights of our three to four course dinner options along with our antipasti rustic buffet settings.
Lidia's Pittsburgh Ratings and Reviews
Let me say that I have visited this restaurant on several occasions when in Pittsburgh. This is the first time that I can say it was horrible. The front of house staff was very good considering the kitchen couldn't send out food in a timely manner. We had one appetizer, one salad and two entrees which took the kitchen over an hour to serve us. The food overall lacked any flavor and was served lukewarm and undercooked. I've worked in the restaurant industry for many years and have the utmost respect for people who do this job. This is the first time I have every written a bad review of a restaurant, but it is necessary. Lidia you need to visit this location and fix what isn't working in that kitchen.
Our salad came out before our appetizers and the server said the word "sorry" too many times for too many timing issues. The salad and appetizer was just set at the edge of our table by another person. It didn't seem that any employee was there to ensure good customer service. Our meals were very good...especially the lamb dish.
I visited Lidia's for a birthday lunch with two friends. The service was attentive, but maybe a little too casual? Once server berated my friend for not taking home leftover from her plate?? The menu options are quite expensive for lunch - $17 and up. The Caesar salads my friend and I were served were very wilted and over dressed. The salads looked like leftovers from the evening before. My friend was very pleased with her pasta tasting trio, which is probably the best value to order. I had the lemon chicken which was delicious as well. The bread basket had some interesting spreads, but the bread served with it was nothing special. I recall having a nice variety on previous meals at Lidia's. It is a beautiful space, but I am not sure I would return at least for lunch. Lunch for 3 of us was nearly $60 - and that is with water to drink and no dessert.
A classic case of a franchise sacrificing quality for quantity. The food is highly overpriced for what it is, which is strip mall level quality. Maybe this is only a problem in Pittsburgh. I wish the experience of this restaurant matched the experience of Lidia's cooking show.
I had the three course pasta trio. The salad was amazing. The three pasta choices were very good, especially the tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and the pea-mint ravioli with pesto. I was a little disappointed with the dessert I chose, the cannolo. I would definitely return for dinner again.
My sister and I drove 2 hours (and brought her kids) for our favorite splurge - brunch at Lidia's. As always, the food was amazing! We both had the pasta trio and had our plates refilled multiple times. Our server, however, left a lot to be desired. When I informed him of my severe food allergy, he reassured me that one dish was safe but I had to ask separately about other items on the menu and in the antipasti buffet. He then recommended two drinks containing the ingredient I cannot eat! We had to ask for bread and again for butter (assorted breads and flavored butters are always included with brunch), and a third time to have the flavors named after they were brought to the table. I hope this was an exception rather than typical for the restaurant.
Visited Lidia's in celebration of my daughter's graduation from college. The meal was superb and the service excellent (thank you, Steven!) I recommend the 3 course tasting menu. Next time I visit Pittsburgh and am deciding where to go for dinner, Lidia's is at the top of my list.
We've been to Lidia before and liked it. This time it was not a particularly busy night in the main dining room, although there was an upstairs party, but service was incredibly slow and the food was not particularly hot. It took a while to get additional pasta on the pasta trio. When we ordered dessert we waited 40-45 minutes for it which was surprising because it should have been prepared already. Our dinner took over 2.5 hours. The food was good, but overall we were disappointed.
Was so excited for this meal. We'd already been to the one in NYC and it was excellent.
Unfortunately, my husband's lasagna was cold (when was it made?) my dad's sauce was ordinary and my gnocchi was ordinary.
The cappuccino tasted like the ines I make at home in my keurig.
Our experience at Lidia's wasn't horrible, but wasn't all that great either. Our sever was a bit slow and there was some confusion over our orders. Everyone at our table's food came out at different temperatures, and my salmon was ice cold. The wine by the glass options are very limited. The only thing that I will say was amazing were the crunchy breadsticks brought with the bread basket. Overall, I thought it was overpriced and not worth it.
We looked forward to this dinner for several months. Sadly we found the atmosphere to be very lacking in the Italian charm that we expected. We went, expecting to enjoy an Italian experience but other than the food, there was nothing Italian about our evening from music to décor to wait staff. Very disappointing. The food was very good although mine arrived lukewarm. Also, even though the restaurant wasn't full, it was very noisy. When the reservation was made I was asked if it was a special occasion, however there was no acknowledgement of that, even though I said it was a birthday. Why bother asking? We watch your show and love your program Lidia, but your restaurant did not do you justice. We drove a long distance and I honestly wouldn't do it again. Not worth the cost or the effort.
Lidia's is a moderately-priced, comfortable and pretty establishment with reasonably good food. In the colder months the fireplace is quite nice. Our waitress was not great which lent the dining experience a lackluster quality. We had to ask for and wait for parmesan cheese, then for coffee, then for milk, then the coffee was cold. We had to wait for our check, then for her to pick up our payment and then she never brought our boxed up leftovers so we left without them. She was overly chatty. Pleasant enough, but a bit intrusive. The trio of tasting pastas were nice and the salads were delicious. The lemon chicken was so-so.
Excellent service & food. Greatly enjoyed the Tuscan Grill menu: salmon was amazing, as were all other items that came with meal. Spouse greatly enjoyed the endless pasta. Had 4 day vacation in Pittsburgh with Lidia's being the highlighted food choice of the trip for an early birthday celebration. Although it was one of the more expensive meals we've eaten, it was well worth the cost.
Very disappointed with our dining experience at Lydia's in Pittsburgh on April 30. The purpose for the dinner was to celebrate our daughter's graduation from Pitt. We arrived around 6:05 for 6:15 reservation and hostess informed us that we would be seated closer to our reservation time. In the interim 3 other parties arrived after us (one with a 6:15 reservation) and 2 others with later reservations and they were all seated before us. It took more than 20 minutes for our first round of drinks to arrive. Our server was very good, but she seemed to be over-extended. She apologized several times for our wait. I would describe the food quality as mediocre at best. My wife order the lamb chops which appeared to be for appetizers not an entree. I order the Sunday special, and while the meat was tasty the pasta and sauce had no flavor. This is our second dining experience at Lydia's and our last.
We were pretty disappointed with this "famous" chef's restaurant. The service was very slow. Appetizers were good and the portions were large. The pasta trio sampler was excellent but the other dinners were just average. We would not rush back here. i am sure there are better italian restaurants in Pittsburgh.
There's trouble here. Turmoil in the kitchen, trash in the bathrooms, cold food, and a long wait to get it. A shame. Staff told us the turmoil has been steady for months. We had been there two years ago and it was first-rate. Now, it has all the quality of a deteriorating chain. We won't take the risk of returning.
I dined at Lidia's with four others for a business dinner. The service was lovely, the food was delicious and I LOVED the fact that we could easily get separate checks, as we were each needing to pay with our own business credit cards. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
We had a very nice evening with family. The lemon chicken was filling. The ziti casserole with meatballs was delicious. The pasta trio was good. It was pea and mint ravioli, farfalle bolognese and tagliatelle with shrimp. The tagliatelle was very dry, did not enjoy it. The other two pastas were delicious. The gnocchi with duck ragout was delicious. Our server Jason was very good. For dessert we shared the cannoli, ice cream sampler and apple croustade. All were very good. Nice wine selection. We enjoyed the Montepulciano off the $36 wine selection.
We were visiting Pittsburgh and were delighted to see Lydia's there. It is a very nice place with a great food and excellent service. There is a three pasta tasting menu but we ordered great dishes, Gnocchi and Zuppa di Pesce, and the most delightful grappa (Berta Grappa di Nebbiolo da Barolo) as our after dinner drink. Our only problem is the location - the approach, particularly for the out of town visitors, and in the night, is not very appealing.
Four of us dined sunday evening so it wasn't a busy time for them. We were seated immediately. Took our drink order quickly and were served 4 wines. Service was good except that we had to ask for the bread which we thought was odd in an Italian restaurant. We each ordered something different. Melanzane Parmigiana, Ziti con polpettine both tasty. Lidia's Italian American Sunday Sauce with Rigatoni was good but I ordered it because of the rigatoni and I was served ziti so I was disappointed. Rigatoni is my personal favorite. The grilled salmone was ok.
Would still recommend this place because everyone is different and it wouldn't be fair not to recommend it. Every place has times that are better than others. Overall it was OK. Somewhat disappointed because of the name.
Attended brunch at 11am. Service was great. Antipasti table was disappointing. Tiny portions. Soup extremely salty. One frittata was small , the other fritatta was missing where the name plate was standing. Caesar salad was good. Shrimp salad was tasteless. The pasta trio was passable but dry, not very much sauce on any of the three. The dessert table had little that was appetizing. A few plain cookies, some tiny cheesecakes, something that was called tiramasu (not anything like any tiramasu I have had before), and small carrot cake 1.5" squares that were extremely dried out. For the price charged, I expected a higher quality of food. I will not be going back.
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